22-year-old Fort Hood soldier killed while helping others involved in a car accident

Elizabeth Howe
August 19, 2020 - 12:00 pm
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The U.S. Army identified a Fort Hood soldier who died while assisting others at the scene of a minor vehicle accident in Killeen, Texas. 

Spc. Cole Jakob Aton, 22, was directing traffic around a minor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14 in Killeen when a 2015 Chevrolet Cruz was unable to avoid him. The vehicle hit Aton who was declared dead at the scene. 

“The command wishes to express its condolences to the families and friends of Specialist Jakob Aton, and all who have been affected by this tragic accident. Specialist Aton was a professional, committed to the mission. His selfless service and care for others are in keeping with the highest traditions of the 'Lightning Brigade' and our Army. The entire team is heartbroken. Our priority right now is to take care of his family, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time,” said Col. Ethan Hall, commander 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

Aton, of Science Hill, Kentucky, entered the Army in March 2018 as an Army Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator-Maintainer and has been assigned to the 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade since August 2018.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident. 


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